Let me be clear. Unless Republicans are willing to increase taxes on the rich, who, let’s face it, are already allowed to keep way too much of your money, we will face consequences of disastrous proportions. Firefighters, police officers, teachers and day care workers will be out of a job. Millions will go hungry. Crime will escalate to distopian proportions. Within weeks our satellites will begin hurtling from the sky. They will land on the few remaining schools and day care centers crushing our children. They will land on power plants, factories and juice bars. These impacts will create firestorms that will grow and as these storms grow and consume cities, states and entire regions they will merge causing predetermined and automated protocols to be triggered launching our nuclear arsenal. The international retaliation will be certain, swift and will destroy the planet. All this because of Republican intransigence and their stubborn determination to protect the rich and greedy.
Problem is, President Obama and his Chief of Staff Lew pushed for and got the sequestration legislation passed as noted by Bob Woodward - no friend of the right. Problem is, those first responders, teachers etc are not federal employees. Problem is, the President decides where to impose cuts in spending not Congress. Problem is, the “cuts” actually amount to about $44B with the other $41B being cuts IN GROWTH of spending. Problem is, in perspective $44B is small compared to the $224B we’ll spend on debt interest. Problem is, $44B is small compared to the $845B deficit and downright miniscule when compared to the $3553B President Obama plans to spend in 2013.
The first step in solving a problem is admitting that we have a problem. We have a spending problem. We have a President in denial who is preaching doom that would be otherwise laughable if people weren’t buying the load he’s shoveling.
Sequestration chart source: Cato, Tad Dehaven, Sequestration Cuts in Perspective
Update 2/28/13: Apparently the Obama Administration is upset with Mr. Woodward and a staffer yelled at him for half an hour and followed that meeting up with a threatening e-mail. Story here. Pure class guys…. pure class.